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Lean Estimation & Planning

  • May 21, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Title: Lean Estimation & Planning

How long will it take? How much will it cost?

The two questions that constantly haunt development teams. This session is in two parts. Part one is how to estimate before the project has even started - normally in the context of when you're building the business case to secure funding for the project to proceed. Part two then covers the detail of how to size, estimate, plan, and track progress once funding has been secured and the project has started. This is an instructor led hands-on workshop where attendees will work out how much a phantom project will cost and when it will be complete.  

Target Audience:

Project Managers, Developers, Business Analysts, Testers, and pretty much anyone involved in the delivery of software projects. 

Profile: Ian Carroll - Ian is a Transformation Ninja, coach, and speaker on all topics related to Lean, Kanban and Agile software development. His 25 years of hands-on experience in the software industry have been a second classroom, where issues and hurdles inspired him to dive in, find solutions, and follow his passion to explore the optimal ways to apply these principles in the real-world.  


1) Revolutionise the IT industry in the Northwest UK.
2) Advocate passionately for productive, collaborative, and fun workplaces.
3) Nurture and expose exceptional industry talent. 

He now helps clients transform their organisations using Kanban and other Lean and Agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors. In the past 10 years Ian has trained and coached hundreds of teams in Lean Agile techniques, and is breaking new ground by scaling lean principles to the portfolio level and beyond.  

Ian founded Lean Agile Manchester. He has a deep interest in studying tribal behaviours within corporate environments, and is a regular speaker at Lean and Kanban related conferences including Agile in the Public Sector, Kanban Leadership Retreat, Lean Agile Scotland, Agile Yorkshire, Manchester Barcamp, Lean Kanban France, and Modern Management Methods: Lean Kanban UK. 

Specialties: Lean, Kanban, Lean Portfolio Management, Systems Thinking, Inventor of Systemic Flow Mapping, Agile Enablement and Transformation, Coaching, Scrum, XP, Continuous Delivery, Software Estimation, Software Delivery. 

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month we gather at MadLab Manchester to discuss all things Lean, Agile, and Kanban. The calendar of events can be found here. Please make sure you RSVP as each meeting has a limit of 50 attendees.

The #hashtag for this group is #lamanc

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  • Conrad H.

    Some great content, some great people as well. Definitely looking forward to the next event.

    May 28, 2014

  • Ethar A.

    Very good. Lots to think about :)

    May 23, 2014

  • Paul J.

    Good discussion Ian and some useful techniques that I will use in the future for estimation and planning. - thank you

    May 22, 2014

  • Kevin R.

    Very enjoyable evening -- thanks Ian!

    For those interested in my take on estimating stories, I blogged about it last week:

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Graham A.

    Excellent talk Ian, cheers.

    May 22, 2014

  • Ethar A.

    Quite looking forward to this one... OK maybe I'm a dork, but I am interested in improving through empirical evidence (e.g. Lean Startup). This includes data-driven retro decisions and in my mind, part of that is getting better at understanding how much effort is involved in things and how much waste the team produces.

    If anyone's interested, I journalled my experience of data-driving improvements in estimation and planning in a blog post which isn't as well written as it could be.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Chris A.

    I'd love to go to this meetup as it's a great topic, but it unfortunately clashes with the quarterly Umbraco meetup. Beginners like myself to agile estimation and planning might also find Mike Cohn's video course helpful:

    Have a great meetup peeps!

    1 · May 9, 2014

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